Musical Monday: Tina Turner

And, we’re back! But only for a week.

What can you say about Tina Turner other than she’s an absolute legend.We’ve been fortunate to see her perform live on a couple of occasions.

Tina Turner (born Anna Mae Bullock, 1939) is an American-born, sometime resident in France, now Swiss-resident singer and actress. Widely referred to as the “Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, she rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue before launching a successful career as a solo performer.

The duo Ike & Tina Turner became one of the most formidable live acts in history releasing hits such as It’s Gonna Work Out Fine, River Deep – Mountain High, Proud Mary and Nutbush City Limits before disbanding in 1976.

In the 1980s, Turner launched one of the greatest comebacks in music history. Her 1984 multi-platinum album Private Dancer contained the hit song What’s Love Got to Do with It, which won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became her first and only No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100. At age 44, she was the oldest female solo artist to top the Hot 100.

Her chart success continued with a slew of successful singles, including GoldenEye. My choice of Simply the Best  (below) rather sums up my view of Tina Turner. During her Break Every Rule World Tour in 1988, she set a then-Guinness World Record for the largest paying audience (180,000) for a solo performer.

Turner also acted in a number of films including a Mad Max’s Thunderdome for which she sang the above song, plus a biopic adapted from her autobiography I, Tina: My Life Story, which was released. In 2009, Turner retired after completing her Tina!: 50th Anniversary Tour, which is the 15th highest-grossing tour of the 2000s.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Turner is one of the best-selling recording artists of all time. She has received 12 Grammy Awards, which include eight competitive awards, three Grammy Hall of Fame awards, and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the first black artist and first female to be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine which ranked her among the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time.

Turner has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the St. Louis Walk of Fame. She is a two-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Ike Turner in 1991 and as a solo artist in 2021. She is also a 2005 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors and Women of the Year award.

21 Comments on “Musical Monday: Tina Turner

  1. She is no longer American, but Swiss…due to fatca/fincen stupid American financial laws! Good for her ! Tina sublime simply the best. My opinion of course.

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  2. It’s so serendipitous that you wrote this blog post about Tina Turner – I’ve been hearing her everywhere recently, and I went to see the West End musical about her life last year. Ever since, I haven’t got Simply The Best out of my head!

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